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Old 05-21-2007, 05:09 PM   #15
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From the horse's mouth, i.e. Reese website:


Can I grease the Dual Cam Sway Control (DCSC)?

Do not grease the cam and cam arms. The Dual Cam was designed to use metal-to-metal friction. Heavy greasing of the cam and cam arm surfaces with affect performance. If noise is offensive, a very light coating of lubricant, such as Vaseline, may be used. Tongue weights over 1,200 lbs. may require a light coating of grease to reduce friction and prevent excessive wear. The Dual Cam Sway Control DCSC is not to be lubricated on the cam arms when the tongue weight is under 1,200 lbs. Instead you will want to apply a thin coat of a petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline. This will act as a poor lubricant, but works well to dampen the sound. For trailers with over 1,200 lbs. tongue weight you should apply a couple of drops of an 80/90 gear lube to the cam arm to prevent excessive wear caused by the increased tongue weight.

Awh, what do they know? Anyway, the real reason that they were designed to be noisy, as practically everyone knows, is that Airstreams are so light and smooth that without an occasional audible reminder, we'd forget they were back there.
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Old 05-21-2007, 08:50 PM   #16
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Thank you

Thank you guys for all the input about the creeks and pops when towing. Makes me feel better about the camper. I guess I won't be so nervous when we go camping this weekend. Thank you all again.
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Old 05-21-2007, 09:16 PM   #17
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When I bought our AS the dealer installed an Equalizer and the service manager told me NOT to grease it. Without grease, our AS sounded like a rusty old battleship being dragged down the road and we attracted stares from other RV'rs in the wrong sort of way. Then I actually read the Equalizer owner's manual which expressly says that grease CAN be applied without affecting performance. I now use a "white" marine grease that I buy in the boat section at Bass Pro Shops and we're nearly silent.
Had the same problem with the EQ hitch when I got it.....lots of popping and groaning. A litle dab of the equalizer lube that they sell and it was almost silent........and HAPPY
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Old 05-22-2007, 11:12 AM   #18
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2 arguments againts using grease-

1) it's gonna get on your clothes (it's amazing how far grease weavles can jump)

2) it collects dirt and turns into grinding compound so wipe it off and regrease regularly if your a 'greaser'
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Do you reckon that the "grinding compound" wears the ball and hitch away faster than an ungreased metal-to-metal junction would?
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Old 05-22-2007, 11:42 AM   #20
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If the chrome is in good shape, it's a great anti wear surface. Once it's gone you are probably correct.
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Glad I used.........

the search button before asking a dumb question!!!

I pulled my AS with Equalizer hitch home today for the first time and was really surprised on my first right hand turn............I even stopped at an empty parking lot and made my wife do donuts while I listened to the noise........

I was on my way home to ask what the heck that was when I decided to search first....

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Do you reckon that the "grinding compound" wears the ball and hitch away faster than an ungreased metal-to-metal junction would?
Hi, No the "grinding compound" will not wear as fast as metal to metal and will be a lot smoother. I use a teflon grease for my hitch ball [Teflon Hitch Ball Grease] and other moveing parts. Equal-i-zer says that you can grease the spring bars without ill effect; That is the only part I don't grease because of the mess when storing the bars inside of my storage compartment. My hitch was installed dry too; I think that was to give other campers another reason to turn around and look when a new Airstream was pulling into the campsite.
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Towing Question

One sure way to attract as many stares as possible when entering a campground -- an Airstream or Argosy being towed by a 32-year-old Cadillac Eldorado convertible with the top down utilizing a Reese Dual Cam hitch. It provides something of the experience of Nicky in The Long, Long Trailer. as it really does seem like there is a forty-foot train car behind you and every noise the hitch makes amplifies the scene that is being created. It is also a bit intimidating to feel the close proximity of the coach -- it is a much different feeling than towing with a sedan or truck-based vehicle. I don't even want to think of the pressure trying to back into one of those awkward spaces with all of the attention that the combination typically garners.

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